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News from the latest issue - February 8, 2018

FEDERAL RELATIONS
Call to Action on House PROSPER Act
AACRAO urges members to use new online Advocacy Center to contact their U.S. Representative and express concerns regarding proposed legislation to reauthorize the Higher Education Act.
Lawmakers Introduce Another Bill to Protect Dreamers
The March 5 deadline to end the DACA program is less than a month away. Reach out to your U.S. Senators and Representatives regarding the urgent need to pass legislation to permanently protect Dreamers.
Senate to Vote on Two-Year Budget Deal
Proposed measure would add $4 billion in new money for student aid, but excludes legislative fix for undocumented students.
Senate Republicans, Democrats Outline Priorities for HEA Reauthorization
Lawmakers release dueling sets of principles and priorities aimed at guiding the chamber's discussions to rewrite the landmark higher education law.
Education Dept. Proposes Compromise on Student Loan Fraud Claim Rule
Trump Administration issues new draft plan to change evidentiary standards for debt relief claims as part of ongoing negotiations to rewrite the Obama-era borrower-defense rule.
Federal Loan Program Losing Money Due to Income-Based Repayment
New report finds that the rising cost of the federal student loan program is due, in large part, to the growing number of borrowers enrolling in income-based repayment programs.

INDUSTRY UPDATE
Millions Live in Higher Education 'Deserts'
Report finds that about three million Americans live more than 25 miles from a broad-access public college and do not have the type of high-speed Internet connection necessary for online college programs.

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DACA Deadline Looms as Immigration Debate Continues

Posted on February 15 2018by Michelle Mott

The Senate this week kicked off the chamber's first real debate of immigration policy since 2013. Education groups are keeping up the pressure on lawmakers to figure out a solution for the hund...

Study Examines Effect of Universal Mandatory Testing

Posted on February 15 2018by Gabriel Murphy

Universal mandatory college entrance exams could help bridge the gap between low-income students and selective universities, according to a recent study by a professor at the University of Connecti...

Study Finds DACA Increased Educational Attainment

Posted on February 15 2018by Heather Zimar

A new study by the National Bureau of Economic Research finds that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has had a positive impact on the educational and life decisions of undoc...

Overall U.S. Educational Attainment Rates Increase, but Gaps Remain

Posted on February 15 2018by Heather Zimar

New data from the Lumina Foundation shows that in 2016, 46.9 percent of Americans aged 25 to 64 had a postsecondary degree or certificate—a 1.1 percentage point increase over the previous yea...

Education Dept. to Stop Pursuing Bathroom Complaints from Transgender Students

Posted on February 15 2018by Heather Zimar

The U.S. Department of Education will no longer take action on civil rights complaints filed by transgender students blocked from using the bathroom matching their gender identity, reports BuzzFeed...

Borrower Defense Rule Delayed Again

Posted on February 15 2018by Michelle Mott

The U.S. Department of Education announced another delay in the implementation of the Obama-era borrower-defense-to-repayment rule. The rule, which sought to give students a more streamlined path t...

Congress Approves, Trump Signs Two-Year Budget Deal

Posted on February 15 2018by Michelle Mott

After a brief government shutdown starting at midnight, Congress early Friday morning approved a bipartisan spending measure that includes increased funding for higher education, The New York Times...

White House Unveils FY 2019 Budget Request

Posted on February 15 2018

President Trump on Monday unveiled his 2019 fiscal year budget request, which proposes significant cuts to higher education programs. The blueprint traditionally serves as a White House w...

Senate to Vote on Two-Year Budget Deal

Posted on February 8 2018by Michelle Mott

The U.S. Senate is expected to vote Thursday on a two-year budget deal that would substantially increase spending and suspend the debt ceiling for a year, The Hill reported. The agreement, which ai...

Education Dept. Proposes Compromise on Student Loan Fraud Claim Rule

Posted on February 8 2018by Michelle Mott

As part of ongoing negotiations to rewrite the Obama-era borrower-defense rule, the Trump administration this week proposed to change evidentiary standards for debt relief claims that would be...

Millions Live in Higher Education 'Deserts'

Posted on February 8 2018by Heather Zimar

A new report by the Urban Institute's education policy program found that about three million Americans live more than 25 miles from a broad-access public college and do not have the type of hi...

Federal Loan Program Losing Money Due to Income-Based Repayment, Report Finds

Posted on February 8 2018by Heather Zimar

A new report by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Inspector General finds that the rising cost of the federal student loan program is due, in large part, to the growing number of bor...

Call to Action on House PROSPER Act

Posted on February 8 2018by William Gil

There has been a flurry of recent movement on Capitol Hill regarding the Higher Education Act reauthorization. The law, first enacted in 1965 and last reauthorized in 2008, governs federal higher e...

Senate Republicans, Democrats Outline Priorities for HEA Reauthorization

Posted on February 8 2018by Michelle Mott

U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) laid out a framework for reauthorizing the Higher Education Act (HEA), releasing a white paper Thu...

Senators Introduce Another Bill to Protect Dreamers

Posted on February 8 2018by Michelle Mott

U.S. Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Christopher Coons (D-DE) on Monday introduced legislation in an effort to resolve important immigration issues and allow lawmakers to devote their full attentio...

Congressional Hearings Tackle HEA Reauthorization Issues

Posted on February 1 2018by Michelle Mott

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held its latest hearing Tuesday on reauthorizing the Higher Education Act, reported Inside Higher Ed. The hearing focused on accoun...

Leadership Shakeup at Education Dept.

Posted on February 1 2018by Michelle Mott

The U.S. Education Department on Wednesday announced a reshuffling of key employees involved in federal higher education policy making, Inside Higher Ed reported. According to a department press r...

International Applications and Enrollment Decline, Survey Finds

Posted on January 31 2018by Heather Zimar

According to a new study by the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS), the number of first-time international students enrolling in U.S. graduate programs declined 1 percent from fall 2016 to 2017, rep...

New Data Show Lower Student Borrowing

Posted on January 31 2018by Heather Zimar

New federal data show that the overall rate of student borrowing was lower in 2015-16 than it was four years earlier, while the average federal loan amount rose slightly among those who borrowed, r...

Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration's Title IX Policies

Posted on January 30 2018by Michelle Mott

Advocates for sexual assault victims filed a lawsuit Thursday in federal district court seeking to overturn new campus sexual assault policies issued by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, The Washing...